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RSVP for April 21 Meet & Greet
April 21, 2015
FDRIO Meet & Greet, Tuesday April 21 at 5-7 pm, Torkin Manes, 151 Yonge St., 15th floor, Toronto. (At Queen Subway Station). Learn more about FDRIO, upcoming events & meet members of our Steering Committee, the working committees, and the section chairs.

PLEASE RSVP for Meet & Greet on April 21 by Friday April 17

(if the above link does not work for you, please send an RSVP email directly to (noting the names of the people who will be attending)). 



Exciting News

INAUGURAL CONFERENCE - November 23, 2015
FDRIO invites you to its 1st Annual Conference, "ALL IN THE FAMILY: Bringing Dispute Resolution Professionals Under One Roof."
FDRIO is pleased to announce our keynote speaker will be Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.  Our other keynote speaker will be Dr. Bernie Mayer, Professor of Conflict Resolution at The Werner Institute, Creighton University and author of The Conflict Paradox.  Join us for an exciting day of learning, sharing and networking!

FAMILY DISPUTE RESOLUTION WEEK - November 23 to 27, 2015
FDRIO is proud to organize Ontario’s first Family Dispute Resolution Week. This week will consist of public events and professional collaborations across the province to celebrate the possibilities of out-of-court dispute resolution for families experiencing conflict. 

CONTACT US if you want to be involved or are interested in sponsorship.

Become a Founder of FDRIO.  Founder and Support Fees are set off against your annual membership of FDRIO.  CLICK here to see how.

New Founders this month: Joseph J. Hilton, Dr. Irwin Butkowsky.  Welcome!

WALSH FAMILY LAW NEGOTIATION COMPETITION, held on March 13-14 2015.  FDRIO was a supporting organization.  This inaugural negotiation competition was sponsored by the Family Judges of the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Association of Family Mediation and Epstein Cole LLP, along with many other law firms and individual sponsors.  This event was a great opportunity for family law students to practice their negotiation skills.  FDRIO would like to thank all those students and professionals who participated in the event to make it a great success.  


First and Second Place Teams in Walsh Negotiation Competition, both from University of Ottawa Law School.  Congratulations!


FDRIO PRESIDENT'S REPORT, Dr. Barbara Landau - April 2015
Many committees and groups are working hard together to bring the vision of FDRIO to life.  To check out the FDRIO website and the President's Report of Dr. Barbara Landau CLICK here

Membership can now be paid using credit cards, debit cards and cheques.

New members this month: Marty Klein, Cynthia K. Waite, Laura Bradford, Jo-Anne Fiore, Liz Nastasi, Steven Benmor, Liz Waisberg, Dr. Raymond Morris, Andrea Barclay, Bev Lewis.  Welcome!


FDRIO Committee Chairs

Membership: Daniella Wald, Dr. Rick Shields
Communications: Hilary Linton, Dr. Brett Degoldi, Daniella Wald
Conference: Liz Nastasi, Dr. Barbara Landau
Finance: Akbar Ebrahim, Neil Maisel
Governance: Tom Dart, Daniella Wald, Lorne Wolfson 
Dispute Resolution Week: Laura Tarcea, Hilary Linton


FDRIO Section Chairs

Seeking section members! We have formed several sections, and each is forming a working group under the leadership of a chair or co-chairs. If you are interested in working with one of our sections, please contact the section chairs below:

Margot Hallman -  
Dr. Rick Shields -

Lorne Wolfson -
Neil Maisel -
Jean-Claude Desnoyers -
Parenting Coordination                                    
Lourdes Geraldo -
Michelle Hayes -
Estates and Elder                           
Ian Hull - 
Collaborative Practice
Chris Arnold - 
Tom Hamer -

Dr. Irwin Butkowsky -
Dr. Brett Degoldi -
Rhonda Freeman -


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